Pirlo happy at Messi’s acknowledgement over free-kick inspiration

Goal :    Italy star Andrea Pirlo spoke of the honour he felt when Lionel Messi recognised him as the source of inspiration for the mimicked free-kick that clinched Argentina’s victory against Uruguay on Saturday.

The Barcelona ace deftly slipped his shot under a jumping wall to fool custodian Nestor Muslera, and subsequently credited Pirlo for the original idea.

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